How's Josh Hamilton: Nursing back injury

Josh Hamilton and the rest of his Texas Rangers teammates get an off day today in Cleveland before a three-game series against the Indians.

Hamilton hasn't started since coming out of Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with back stiffness. Rangers manager Ron Washington didn't want to take any chances with Hamilton or Adrian Beltre (hamstring) on the turf at Rogers Centre.

We'll see how Hamilton feels this weekend and if he's good enough to play. But at this point in the season, no one associated with the Rangers wants to take any undo risks with Hamilton. He's been playing like an AL MVP and just won player of the month for April with nine homers and 25 RBIs with a .395 batting average in 22 games. Having Hamilton healthy in the middle of that lineup is key.